‘ Ted 2’ is slow out of the gate

Box of­fice track­ing es­ti­mates are off as ‘ Juras­sic World,’ ‘ In­side Out’ fin­ish 1- 2 over the week­end.

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - By Saba Ham­edy saba. ham­edy@ latimes. com

De­spite rosy out­look, the com­edy had to grin and bear it at the week­end box off ice.

Seth MacFar­lane’s com­edy “Ted 2” fell short of box off ice track­ing ex­pec­ta­tions with a $ 32.9- mil­lion launch in the­aters this past week­end, as “Juras­sic World” and “In­side Out” con­tin­ued a close race for No. 1.

Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures’ di­nosaur ad­ven­ture main­tained its top spot for the third con­sec­u­tive week­end, col­lect­ing an ad­di­tional $ 54.2 mil­lion in the U. S. and Canada.

“Juras­sic’s” world­wide to­tal is $ 1.2 bil­lion., and it has made $ 500 mil­lion do­mes­ti­cally. The f ilm is now the f ifth- high­est- gross­ing do­mes­tic re­lease of all time, com­ing in be­hind the $ 534.8mil­lion for “The Dark Knight” in 2008.

“Frankly, it just con­tin­ues to as­tound,” Nick Car­pou, Uni­ver­sal’s head of do­mes­tic dis­tri­bu­tion, said. He at­trib­uted the pop­u­lar­ity of the f ilm to its broad ap­peal, not­ing it has drawn in all age groups and gen­ders.

Though “Ted 2,” another Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures re­lease, opened at No. 3, its box of­fice haul was far from the $ 54mil­lion to­tal of “Ted” three years ago. How­ever, Uni­ver­sal con­sid­ers the com­edy se­quel’s open­ing a solid start con­sid­er­ing it faced two tent­poles at the box of­fice.

Like its pre­de­ces­sor, the com­edy at­tracted largely male au­di­ences. An es­ti­mated 51% of au­di­ences were 25 and older and 59% were male. It earned a B- plus rat­ing from Cine­maS­core and 47% pos­i­tive rat­ing from Rot­ten Toma­toes.

With no other R- rated comedies com­ing into the mar­ket­place for the next few weeks, Uni­ver­sal ex­pects the movie to find an au­di­ence.

“Peo­ple go­ing for the hu­mor aren’t dis­ap­pointed,” Car­pou said. “We have some time for it to play out.”

The com­edy col­lected $ 20.3 mil­lion in 26 ter­ri­to­ries in­clud­ing Ger­many, Rus­sia, Aus­tralia and Tai­wan. It will open in 38 more ter­ri­to­ries in the com­ing weeks.

Pixar’s crit­i­cally ac­claimed hit “In­side Out” trailed “Juras­sic World” in sec­ond place with $ 52.1 mil­lion, a 42% drop from its open­ing last week­end.

The an­i­mated fea­ture has made $ 184.9 mil­lion do­mes­ti­cally. Over­seas, the f ilm earned $ 81.5 mil­lion, bring­ing its world­wide to­tal to $ 266.4 mil­lion.

“Max,” a new en­try at the do­mes­tic box of­fice, came in at No. 4 with $ 12.2 mil­lion. Di­rec­tor Boaz Yakin’s f ilm about a ca­nine mil­i­tary vet­eran with post- trau­matic stress dis­or­der, earned a solid A grade on Cine­maS­core. “Magic Mike XXL” and “Ter­mi­na­tor Genisys” en­ter the mar­ket­place Wed­nes­day.

Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures

THIRD- PLACE “Ted 2” got the stuff ing knocked out of it by the “Juras­sic” gang, No. 1 for a third week.

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